Bhadrajun, is a village in the Jalore district of the western part of Rajasthan, India, dating back to ancient times of the Mahabharata epic. However, in recent centuries, it was the scene of warfare between the rulers of the Marwar dynasty and of the Mughal Empire. In the 16th century, a fort known as the Bhadrajun Fort was built at Bhadrajun by the Rathore kings of Marwar.
Today the fort is owned by Rathan Singh Rathore, son of Maharaja Maldeo, the sixteenth descendant of Marwar Ranas who ruled from Jodhpur. It is presently run as a heritage hotel. The fort has a significant collection of goods from its long past. Bhadarjun is located in Jalore district within the Luni River basin. It is situated in a tropical and semi tropical climatic zone. The average annual and daily temperatures are high with a low annual rainfall of 434 millimetres (17.1 in).
The word ‘Bhadrajun’ is directly linked to the Mahabharata epic. Bhadrajun is made up of two words, the name of 'Subhadra', sister of Lord Krishna and 'Arjuna', the third among the five Pandava brothers of Mahabharata. Initially, it was called “Subhdr-arjun” but over the years it got changed to the colloquial usage of the single word “Bhadrajun”. The legend linked to this name is a story of romance. There are a number of historic monuments in and around the village Bhadrajun.
The best known is the Bhadrajun fort due to its past history and present modern status as a heritage hotel. The fort is constructed on top of the hill and although small, it was built as a strong hill fort. It is also strategically located in the village of Bhadrajun, which is also securely protected since it is enclosed in a horse shoe shape valley with one entry from the east. The fort walls are 20–30 feet (6.1–9.1 m) high, built at strategical locations around the village with a uniform width of 10 feet (3.0 m).
Bastions, known as burjis, were built to erect canons and to eject arrows against invaders. The average elevation of the place is 2,000 feet (610 m) above m.s.l. The fort is built on rugged hills with forest vegetation consisting of trees, cacti, bushes and rocks. The forest around the fort is inhabited by wildlife such as jackals, wild cats, blue bulls, hedge hogs and foxes. The fort has been converted into a luxury hotel, with 14 furnished rooms, all with a bathroom ensuite.
Both Bhadrajun Fort and Bhadrajun village have a fascinating history. The fort dates back to the 16th century, whilst the village’s origins are lost in the mists of time.